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Ex-Washington Times editor sues paper, Rev. Moon
Sarah Karush (AP, December 8, 2009)

Washington, USA - The former opinion editor of The Washington Times has sued the newspaper, alleging breach of contract, emotional distress and damage to his reputation.

Richard Miniter says he was pressured to attend a Unification Church event and harassed over his refusal to sign a fraudulent document to help an executive.

The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. It also names the Unification Church and its leader, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, as defendants. Moon founded the Times in 1982.

Last month, Miniter filed a religious discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The paper has denied the discrimination claim, but had no immediate comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.